About

SATEESH PAKNIKAR

Advertising & Industrial Photographer

Date of birth:  November 16, 1961

Education:  M.Sc. (Physics) with Holography as a special subject.

Working as an Advertising & Industrial photographer since 1983.
He is doing freelance feature photography for various periodicals all over the country.

Apart from his successful career as an Advertising & Industrial Photographer, Sateesh has also excelled as a photographer of Hindustani Classical Music artistes. His lens has been as sensitive as the retina in capturing the fleeting moods of artistes in performances. His collection of photographs, shot during Mehfils shows spontaneity, sensitivity & beauty combined. Sateesh has a collection of about 20,000 photo-prints of 300 vocalists and instrumentalists both in colour as well as black & white.

Equipment:  35 mm to 4”x5” all formats, now equipped with Digital Imaging

Clients: include Cummins, Finolex, CDS&S, Atlas Copco to name a few.

Exhibitions: 

  •  Kirana Gharana’ on 125th birth anniversary of Pandit Sawai Gandharva – 2010
  • Shraddhanjali – Gangubai & Firoz Dastur’ – 2009
  • Swarabhaskar’ when Pt. Bhimsenji was conffered by the top civilian award ‘Bharat Ratna’ – 2008
  • Swarachitre’ at famous Sawai Gandharva Festival – 2007
  • Musical Moments’ at Sawai Gandharva Smarak’ – 2004
  • Swaradhiraj – allong with Web Site – 2001
  • Stonescapes’ at NCPA, Mumbai 2000
  • Monsoon of Melodious Images’ at NCPA, Mumbai – 1996
  • Homage to Kumarji & Mallikarjun Mansur’ – 1993
  • Ya Gojirvanya Gharat…’  – 1989
  • Gangubai Hangal & Kirana Gharana’ – 1987
  • Swarachitranchya Kathavarati…’  – 1986

Group shows:  1987, 1988, 1991 & 1993 at all India level.

Awards & Merits: 

  • Indian Postal Department has released a commemorative stamp using his Pu. La. Deshpande’s portrait – 2002

  • CEAD (Communication Circle’s Exhibition of Advertising) Pune.

    • Silver Prize for Photography – 1996

  • CEAD (Communication Circle’s Exhibition of Advertising) Pune.

    • Gold Prize for Photography – 1993

  • Trinetra Competition – Nataraj Utsav – Madhya Pradesh Government Merit Certificate – 1991

  • Symbiosis Photo competition – Merit Certificate at the hands of Shri. R. K. Laxman – 1989

Interviews:  His extensive interviews were published in various periodicals like

  • Asian Photography by Prabeer Bose
  • The Times Journal of Photography by Durba Gupta
  • Rave Magazine by Jaideep V. G.
  • Daily SAKAL by Sudhir Gadgil

Publications:

Theme Calendars:
Since 2003 he is publishing thematic calendars each year. Featuring the themes like
‘Musicalendar’, Anandyatry Pu. La.’, ’Diggaj’, ‘Guru-Shishya Parampara’ and ‘Gandharva Parv’ which are widely acclaimed by the art lovers not only over the country but abroad also.

‘Khyaliya’:

2009 – Along with Senior Journalist Mukund Sangoram, Sheetsh published a book ‘Khyaliya’ which was a Photo Essay first time in Marathi featuring Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

‘Swaradhiraj Bhimsen’

2012 – Coffee Table Book published on Monarch of Indian Classical Music Pandit Bhimsen Joshi with his musical reflections.

‘Kya Baat Hai Iis Jadoogar ki’

2014 – Coffee Table Book published on Legendary Music Composer O P Nayyar with the narration by Santoor Wizard Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.

‘Bhingaleela’

2014 – Coffee Table Book published on various photographers who have done pioneering work in the field of Photography since its inception.

Testimony:

The great humorist Pu. La. Deshpande in his remarks to the photographs displayed in an exhibition writes (“These excellent photographs create musical melodies in the minds.”) ‘RAVE’ a magazine published from Bangalore and devoted to Music, has published a special feature on his photographs. The point to note is that this was entirely triggered by the calendars he brought out. The small lead of the article praises the calendars in unequivocal terms.